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. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, has tonight's most critical job, reminding voters why they liked her husband enough to put him in the white house, and to make the case for giving him another four years. joining us now in our coverage all of this week, anderson cooper, high above the floor. >> our new poll shows why that case is more urgent than ever for the democrat. new numbers on mitt romney's convention bounds. john, what are the numbers? >> anderson, as the democrats open their convention tonight, let's look at that very question. we know governor romney got a one-point bounce out of his convention, not so great, about half what the president got four years ago. not a big bounce. where does that leave us? the democrats' opening night two months from a critical election day. doesn't get any closer than that. 48-48. >> the convention will pay tribute to a champion of health care reform, the late senator edward kennedy, and the woman who stood by his side, vicki kennedy. >> meanwhile, the floor plan is completely different from the republican convention in tampa. sinc
in with michele obama, a portion of michele obama's speech, what did you think of it? >> it was a great speech, it really was. so many personal anecdotes you could visualize. we were talking last week about how ann romney said a lot of great things about mitt romney but never gave you the visuals. john said it best. who in america are in that convention hall -- or in that convention hall watching the speech didn't get the image of a loving father struck with ms, seeing his two children sat the top of the stairs and fighting and struggling to get up those stairs to hug his children at the end of the day or fighting and struggling to get out of bad to go to work to give them a slice of the american dream. it was an absolutely fantastic speech. and the great line, absolutely loved the line, that being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are. >> very personal, very revealing but it also might have accomplished something in terms of touching on some key areas that might have needed some work, not that the president, you would think, had a problem with the women's vote. >> right
michelle obama of course, and a great keynote speech from julian castro. we'll give you our unique take on it, and you'll be able to participate by way of social media. give us run down on how that works. >> cenk: i will. as you saw in the republican convention because i'm positive you all were watching, we have a twitter feed that goes up on the screen, and we have a whole range of different publics that we look in on, mainstream media pundits, conservatives liberals comedians and they're oftentimes incredibly funny including, when everyone is talking about invisible obama. at the end of the republican national convention, i'll have a fact on that that you'll love, and of course president obama as well here tweeting. in fact, the biggest tweet of the republican national convention was ironically from president obama. it was about invisible obama. we'll get to that in a bit. we'll go to l.a. to check in on social media. we'll go to convention live to check in. michael shure and david shuster and we'll go to some of the speeches that the vice president mentioned and cal penn will be chec
and his wife, michele obama. >> michele was unbelievable. >> and joe biden. >> john kerry. >> john kerry did well, biden did well, clinton was incredible, michele obama was incredible. but you know, it -- >> it's a high bar to clear for the guy. >> and also, though, if you want to compare it to tampa, i mean, obviously so much -- >> they had to hold everyone back. >> so much better than everybody at tampa. we're not going to even -- but as far as substance goes, i agree. >> beautiful. >> he said nothing, but he said nothing so much better than mitt romney said nothing. >> yeah. >> which i was talking -- >> that's it. >> let's be clear, we were talking about how high the bar was for obama. talk about mitt romney, it's a low bar for mitt romney to clear that bar. he was somewhere in between those things. i thought the first two-thirds of the speech, and many people have said this, it did feel like a state of the union speech. little bit of a laundry list and very -- not just as mark said, not only did he say nothing new, he said nothing bold and he said nothing very specific. you know, one
's speech. >> by the way, after last night, i want the man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. >> he summed up republican arguments against president obama this way. >> we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough. so far he put us back in. >> he said romney's plan to cut the deficit with a $5 trillion tax cut doesn't add up. >> it's arithmetic. we simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down. >> his speech electrified the crowd. >> he was absolutely bill clinton. >> crews were supposed to be breaking down this stage and setting up at the outdoor bank of america stadium but the threat of severe weather forced organizers to hold president obama's acceptance speech here. >> oh, my god, you don't know how many disappointed people are. >> the change of venue means thousands won't be able to attend. >> that is a shame. a lot of people came a long way to see him speak. that's the weather. >> as the president prepares for his speech, there's no lack of advice here if he wants it. >> take the gloves off. don't ap
that we fell in love with really above everything else about barack obama and about michelle obama is what they say about the american dream. here are two people from the unlikeliest of backgrounds raising themselves up, attaining huge incredible personal success and still remaining committed first and foremost to their family and their community. one moment in particular that struck me in her speech is she talked about coming from humble means, but it didn't sound like a hardship. she spoke of the joy and the pride and the hard work in that household, which i think is a powerful rebuttal to the sort of you didn't build that narrative that comes from the republicans and the idea that poor people who require government assistance are lazy, shiftless, dependent. no, there was pride and there was responsibility in that household. >> well, you know, i think it was a great speech. she looked great. she sounded great. in some senses, i would say that michelle obama is a much moral effective speaker than even her husband who is a very gifted speaker. i couldn't find her eyes on the prompter. she
. that was the point with the bill clinton michelle obama biden sort of testifying for him. i thought it was probably just a little bit better than the president's speech. >> laura: marianne bide is a collosal character he has -- colorful character. he has a lot of friends in washington. he has ability to connect with regular folks. i find him very endearing. i'm going to get tons of hate meal for that -- hate mail for that is he endearing. does the endearing biden flip the switch for any voters? >> absolutely. i mean he is a regular joe. and he comes off as the guy next door. and that is his calling. >> laura: he is not. he is the vice president. >> but he is the guy? scranton getting up there and saying you know what? i work with barack obama every day up close and personal. i see him in his good moments and his bad. let me tell you, he has got what it takes to be a great president for another four years. and to kirsten's point, that's what every speech each night was designed to do. michelle obama validated that barack obama is a good guy and came up just like they -- everybody else, low working c
accomplished for the very -- to the various speakers from michelle obama and the headliners, michelle obama and bill clinton joe biden, barack obama and a lot of the secondary speakers. mission accomplished. they also had to -- at the same time, while they were at it, sort of a secondary goal is make sure the people understood what lies they had heard in tampa and what the truth really was. i think that mission was accomplished as well. so huge success i believe in getting the message out. they were really focused. they were really on message. when it comes to the speakers, you know, the evening the major speakers were all there between 10:00 and 11:00 east coast time. 7:00 to 8:00 on the west coast. but there were -- the secondary speakers, it was funny. each night, there was sort of one person that blew the place up and really lit the place up. and became an instant star. the first night was duvall patrick, governor of massachusetts. the night after him so wednesday night was congressman emmanuel clever from maryland and l
michelle obama starting off tonight. bill clinton joe biden, john kerry and of course, tomorrow night and then president obama the featured speaker the acceptance speech at the bank of america stadium on thursday evening. about half a mile from here. it is all happening here in charlotte. that's why we're here. it is good to have you with us. where you happen to be in this great land of ours. 1-866-55-press is our toll free number. use that to give us a call and chime in on what you think about what you've heard leading up to the convention. still talking about all of the lies we heard from tampa. paul ryan still trying to make excuses. he's lying about how fast he can run a marathon. he will lie about anything. he will lie about his own age probably. still a lot of afterthought about last week in tampa and a lot of excitement about this week here in charlotte. 1-866-55-press. now let's see how it's going to work here. peter ogborn in charlotte with me, sitting on my right. your left i guess. hello. >> n
came from first lady michelle obama. -----michelle obama walking with music----- ---- her goal...to show americaa... president obama's softer side as a family man and person. she says her husband álivess his values in the white house and that the issues he champions aren't political...but personal to him. well, today, afterrso many sttuggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husbanddin ways i never could have imagined, i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are - it reveals who you are." rising young political stars. that's how peoppe aae describing two twin brothers last night. night.grace white joins us live in charlotte this morning with reaction to their ppeeches and the speech given by first lady michelle obama. grace? the speeches last night really electrified the crowd.first lady michelle obama was a big hit.she told the crowd her husband was just like them, someone who has overcome struggles to live the american . dream.but it was two twin virtually unknown on the national stage that also got the crowd going.san antonio mayor julia
just thought that-- i thought michelle obama hit it out of the park glent contrast the rest of night. there were a lot of tough speech, harry reid, deval patrick. they came out to the jugular, and then michelle obama could fill in the rest of the gaps. >> you're electing someone, we're going to spend four more years with these people and after this speech, i think a lot of people will say, yeah, i think i. the one kavil-- >> the one what. >> i don't know if you used that word right. is the speech has reinforces something we've heard all night, which was how much the crowd goes crazy and how passionate they are about abortion and gay marriage and the social issues. and tonight has been about that. and to me it should have been a lot more about economics, growth, and debt. and that better be the job of day two and day three because they did not do it here. >> woodruff: mark, do you agree that's a mistake. >> i will say this, barack obama and the democrats have to come out of this convention with something on bowles-simpson, something that says this is how we're moving forward. this is
will be capped off by michele obama. david walker joins because he the incident last week in tampa. former u.s. general. >> we are in a 70 trillion-dollar hole. we have unfunded pensions and health care. unfunded social security, unfunded medicare. the range of other commitments and contingencies. it is over $70 trillion. neil: which party has the better plan to do that? >> it will be interesting to see how barack obama embraces simpson-bowles or that he hasn't yet, but if he does, that could be a game changer. there is one serious problem in one moderate problem. the series problem is that if you don't effectively deal with health care costs, you don't solve the problem. neil: who better than kathleen sebelius to help you. >> he is a happy beneficiary to bring happy quality health care to every senior citizen. president obama is building on that legacy. by bringing quality and secure health care to every american. obamacare is a badge of honor. because no matter who you are, what stage of life you are in, this law is a good thing. first, if you already have insurance that you like, you can
to expectations. >> chenk, if we were going to base the election on twitter then the winner would be michelle obama. the most tweets her minute. she had 28,000 tweets per minute during we are speech, mitt romney in comparison was 14,000 tweets per minute. bill clinton did go up against football. we have to take that into consideration. we haven't even heard joe biden or president obama speak so far and already we're at 6.3 million tweets, far surpassing where the republican national convention was. what do we expect from obama tonight. >> i think it's going to be bigger than all of this, although they are going up against the music video awards on mtv. i wouldn't want to stack him against justin bieber. we saw obama for america had their first hash tag today strangely not highjacked. >> they've been highjacked by progressives. the obama campaign bought their first hash tag not highjacked. >> we saw that trending today bill clinton talking about that. i think what's been really interesting is new numbers from a pew study that came out today. how are we going to translate this, 16% have changed
, talking about what we have done, where we are going and getting out to vote. you saw both michelle obama and the former president bill clinton speak very directly, we forget, this is about getting people out there, the yard signs don't vote, people vote. people vote with or without i.d.s depending on the state they are in. there's a lot of issues raised in conjunction with that, but it was a contrast to tampa which felt at times more like a conference or board presentation. there was a lot of clear sort of detail about why they don't like president obama but there wasn't necessarily as much a call to arms of saying, mitt romney is your man. on joy's point when they totaled up the number of words used, the word obama was used more than romney at both conventions. that's not necessarily bad for the republicans because they have to both convince the country to fire one guy and hire another. >> right. if you don't vote for president obama, the only alternative is, of course, governor romney. leslie, let me ask you this, one could say i disagree with the party, i don't like what was said, i t
michele obama to that list now. >> oh, my gosh. the reaction from that speech has been -- i mean i have heard from people from all walks of life who were completely moved by that speech and brought to tears. i don't even think they expected it to be that good. she was excellent. >> yeah. >> it was her execution that just brought it home. >> her speech was tough. she delivered it well. >> hours before last night's big speeches there was an awkward and unexpected moment on the convention floor, amid criticism from mitt romney, and other top republicans, democrats held a last-minute vote to reinsert the word "god" into the party platform and to declare jerusalem the capital of israel. >> the matter requires a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. all those delegates in favor, say aye. all those delegates opposed say no. >> in the opinion of the -- let me do that again. all of those delegates in favor, say aye. >> aye. >> all those delegates opposed say no. >> no. >> i, um, i guess -- you got to let them do what they're going to do. >> i'll do that one more time. all those delegates in favor,
was good. michelle obama's speech was good. markell rubio's speech -- marco rubio's speech last week was good. going back and forth, trying to decide which way i will leave. i think it will come down to -- you can have a talking point and you can have these things you're going to do and say you are going to do all you want. it will come down to leadership. the bottom line for me as that barack obama had the control congress his first two years, he got nothing but his own way to do what he wanted to do. i am sorry. he rammed everything three. he did it in a matter of fact way and lost respect of his fellow constituents. the last two years with the republicans are getting a bad rep, beating not want to work with someone like that. >> levy dumping in -- let me jump in on that. let's go back to the floor. >> you probably could get a greater distance -- and that it greater distance between guam of florida. we begin with the mayor of riviera speech, florida. your thoughts? >> with the speech president clinton and left side of michelle, we are going to vote for president obama. how can you
. the convention starts tuesday. we will hear from first lady michelle obama. on wednesday, elizabeth warren will appear. and former president bill clinton. and, of course, the president and vice president on thursday. let's take a look at the floor here for a moment. >> in a report from fox news, the stage alone at last week's republican convention cost $20 million. the democrats have spent $7 million here at the time warner cable arena where the speakers are going to be surrounded on three sides by the audience. also different from the republican production, the democratic convention has multiple official sites. we'll be taking you to the time warner cable arena and the bank of america stadium. take a look outside of the stadium. activists are planning for bigger protests here than we saw during the republican convention in tampa. as reuters reports, the protests that were planned for the republican convention never really materialized, partly because of tropical storm isaac. but activists say they expect a stronger showing in charlotte. let's listen in. >> our goal is to unite groups from
sense to marry michelle obama. [cheers and applause] i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states, and i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. [applause] >> "washington journal" contines. ues. host: a live picture of the time warner cable the arena. our program will begin at 3:00 eastern time from the floor of the convention hall. president obama and vice president biden will accept their parties' nominations tonight. gavel-to-gavel coverage on c- span. meanwhile, we're joined by david wagner, a charlotte anchor, wcnc tv. what do you think about having the convention in your home town? guest: this is great. i think this is something that some never expected. this is the biggest convention that charlotte has ever posted. some people really did not know what to expect. i still think a lot of folks from the charlotte area it may have not had the chance to get down here and experience this. some were a little bit scared away that perhaps traffic would be so bad and businesses would be shut down, and to be honest, after having, fro
tomorrow with first lady michelle obama the headliner and the keynote address from san antonio mayor julio castro. this week, democrats will try to highlight what they consider president obama's first-term successes, but there is this nagging question they're struggling to answer -- are you better off today than you were four years ago? cnn's dana bash joins me right now. seems like just yesterday we were on the floor of the republican convention in tampa. >> it does. wasn't it yesterday? speaking of yesterday, let's go back many yesterdays ago to four years ago, and that is really what, as you mentioned, the republicans have been pressing for democrats, and it is the key question for democrats to answer -- are you better off? obama officials have been kind of -- it's been tough for them to answer the question, but one democrat who's usually pretty good at staying on message went off message a little bit, and that is martin o'malley, the governor of maryland, who also is the head of the democratic governors association. listen to what he said. >> can you honestly say that people are better
:what is the dynamic of michelle obama and barack. >> what's fascinating is how it changed in the white house. when you were interveeg the president on cbs i was struck by what he said had happened though his relationship in the white house. it was consistent when i had heard which is the white house does tend to draw presidential couples together. the pressure is extraordinary. only person you can trust let down your guard with. obamas such enormous challenges. before the white house they had more of a dialectic. this was fascinate bg their relationship. the president believed politics could be a vehicle for change and the political life could be livable. the first lady did not believe that politics was a valid viable way of creating social change, that political life was livable. all these years it's almost like their marriage is an extended debate where they're trying to figure out the answer to those questions. she, i think, has been converted. michelle obama who hesitated about moving to the white house, who felt unease with politics had a rough first year behind-the-scenes as first lady. has foun
. [cheers] no one could tell it as well as michelle obama, as you did last night, on monday night. i know him from a different perspective. i know him and i want to show you the character of a leader who had what it took when the american people stood on the brink of a new depression. a leader who has what it takes to lead us over the next four years to the future as great as our people. i want to take you inside the white house to see the president as i see him every day. i didn't see him and sound bites. i walked 30 paces down the hall and i see him. i watch him in action. four years ago, the middle class was already losing ground and then the bottom fell out. the financial crisis hit piece sledgehammer. all the people i grew up with. you remember the headlines. you saw some in the previews. highlight, highest job losses in 60 years. headlines, economy on the brink. it's plummet -- markets plummeted worldwide. he knew he had not only to restore the confidence of a nation but he had to restore the confidence of the whole world. [cheers] and he also knew that one false move could bring a
. castro kicks things off tuesday. he'll be joined by the first lady michelle obama and former president jimmy carter via video. wednesday, bill clinton, the president's new bff, and thursday, joe biden and president obama accept the party's nomination and speak to the future. other big speakers this week include elizabeth warren, harris, john kerry, rahm emanuel, sandra fluke. we start with steve kornacki in charlotte with an adoring crowd behind him. as much in love with steve as we are. how about that, you're a rock star, brother. >> it's not just me. it's you too. i feel like lee corso on game day with this giant crowd behind me. i need head gear to put on later or something, but you can tell, i think, from the reaction of the crowd behind me, there is, i'm picking up walking around here today and talking to people, a lot of optimism among the democrats here. i think it comes from what you just mentioned, toure, the polling right now coming off the republican convention last week suggests a minimal at best bounce for mitt romney so i think there's a sense from democrats things didn't
. we should point out these numbers were taken after bill clinton spoke, after michelle obama spoke but before the president spoke. i guess the indication might be those two at least did their jobs? >> they did. president obama might have fallen flat. i've heard this from several democrats who said they weren't as strong as they anticipated. he wasn't who he was in 2008 with broad sweeping ideas. but michelle obama and bill clinton did their jobs and did it well. i was in the room and there were ear-piercing screeches from the crowds. they loved it. i think those polls reflect that. >> the did have audience seemed to appreciate it as well. just for people who might not have stayed up to watch, and bill clinton went a little longer than he was supposed to. let me play a little clip from that speech. >> he has laid the foundation for a new modern successful economy, a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. folks, whether the american people believe or not, i just want you to know i believe it, with all my heart, i believe
, and i'm sure will, tomorrow, will be saying, man, they have michelle obama, bill clinton, and president obama. i wish we had a murderer's row like that on our side. >> i have to wrap this up. a bit of breaking news we have to pass on to people. thank you, roland and will. as usual. >> you bet. >>> this is cnn breaking newses. >>> ok. now for the breaking news. a u.s. airways flight returns to the airport following a threat. our affiliate wpvi is reporting u.s. airways flight 1267 had already left philadelphia on its way to dallas when a threat was called in involving a passenger carrying an explosive liquid. it happened just after 7:00 eastern this morning. the plane is back on the ground. the plane will now be searched. of course we're going to monitor the situation. if they find anything or even if they don't, of course we'll pass it along to you. but for now, those passengers are pretty much stuck. we'll be right back. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. to money news this morning, one of the keywords used in both political conventions, jobs. this morning, the labor department says 365,000
are here. that we are here to welcome the president barack obama, the first lady, michelle, the vice president, joe biden, and jill biden. to the greatest state in the nation. we are so excited to have the fab four in new hampshire. they have come here fresh off of their fantastic speeches in charlotte. this week in charlotte reminded us again how very proud we are to have barack obama as our president and michelle obama as our first lady. president obama is fighting for what democrats have always worked for -- an economy grounded in america as -- middle-class prosperity and an economy that is built to last. present obama knows this is a make or break moment for the middle-class. in order for the middle class to thrive, we need to restore the basic values of fairness and balance that have made this country so great. if you work hard and play by the rules, if you should be able to afford a home, send your kids to college, have a secure retirement, to know the next generation is going to be better off than this generation. found theseama's are our values. this president has had the cou
michelle obama and former president bill clinton will speak leading up to a large celebration thursday inside bank of america stadium. >> enough is enough. >> hundreds protested the big bank sunday. on the tour president obama continues to criticize his republican opponent's convention speech. >> governor romney knows the secret to creating jobs. nobody bothered to tell us what they were. >> this president can't tell us that you are better off today than when he took office. >> a poll shows it is a dead heat. another one after the republican convention that showed romney with a insulate lead shows the two are tied with two months until election day. in tampa paul ryan asked the question without new leadership why should the next four years be any different from the last four years. barack obama has to answer that question. >> first lady arrives today and mitt romney is using the week to prepare for the upcoming debates. >> gordon peterson and scott thuman will be at the democratic convention in charlotte. they will have reports at 5:00 6:00 and 11:00. >> president
antonio mayor jewulian castro a will wrap up with a speech by first lady michelle obama. tomorrow will include speeches by massachusetts senate candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton followed by the delegate roll call to nominate president obama for a second term. >> did you see the article in politico about how elizabeth warren is a star here but is having trouble gaining traction in massachusetts. mike, you said it a long time ago, she is a national star for the democratic party but in her own state she's trailing by 5 points and there a lot of democrats that always vote democrat that like brown. they say he's one of us, he's what we would say in the south a good ol' boy. he's not exactly good ol' boy but he talks like those guys who call into boston radio stations bitching about the red sox. that's his persona. i don't know if that's really him but he's got it now. >> again, these two guys can tell you, maybe buttress this point of view, massachusetts is more than cambridge and beacon hill. it's a very moderate state once you get past 128, the outer beltwa
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